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Cablegate: Bahraini High School Students Grateful For

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS MANAMA 001020

SIPDIS

NEA/PPD JDAVIES AND APENDLETON; R: MTUTWILER AND
JBRAMBILLA; NEA/EX: CKEITH; ECA/P: DIVES; ECA/A/L: OKERR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL KPAO BA
SUBJECT: BAHRAINI HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GRATEFUL FOR
MICROSCHOLARSHIPS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE STUDY

REF: SECSTATE 40341

1. Twenty Bahraini high school students and their
families gathered at the American Cultural and Education
Center (ACEC) on June 23 to receive Certificates of Award
for the Micro Scholarship for English language study
funded by R and administered by the post. Charg
d'Affaires Molly Williamson presented the Certificates of
Award to the students after an informal discussion about
the importance of English language knowledge. PAS
arranged for media coverage with articles appearing in
both Arabic and English dailies.

2. The students, who will begin their senior year in the
fall, are part of a pilot program in which they will
study English during the summer at ACEC. Post worked
closely with the Ministry of Education to select the
twenty students based on financial need and academic
performance. Prior to receiving the scholarships, these
students would never have dreamed of participating in
English language classes at ACEC. Although cheaper than
its competitors, ACEC is still unaffordable for many
Bahrainis. For the majority of the scholarship
recipients, and their families, this was the first time
to visit ACEC and to have personal contact with a high-
level American official. The father of a veiled female
student exclaimed, "the American Embassy is kind to
reward my daughter's hard work. I am proud that she will
have similar opportunities as other students." A
recipient of the scholarship said, "maybe one day I can
visit America to practice the English that I will learn."

3. The scholarship recipients will participate in
enrichment activities with American companies, the
American Studies Center at the University of Bahrain, and
at the Embassy, to practice their English skills. After
completing the initial summer pilot program, post plans
to increase the program to fifty high school students
during the 2004/2005 academic year.

WILLIAMSON

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